How to Tone & Dress your body type in 2013

It’s a new year, with lots of exciting possibilities. Many people resolve to lose weight, exercise 3x a week, train for a marathon, or tone up their trouble areas. These are all great goals to have and work towards. But a common downside I see is women put off buying new clothes because they just want to lose those last 5 pounds. But when they lose 5 pounds they still aren’t happy with what they see in the mirror. They are trying to change their body type by losing weight. No matter your current weight, you will always have the same shape. But learning how to dress your shape to it’s best advantage will help you look and feel better no matter what the scale says. 

Here is a great article that gives you the best workouts for your body shape.  But remember you can’t drastically change your shape, so why not embrace it and dress it fabulously!! Here are some ideas on how to do just that! 

Curvy/Hourglass

This body type is balanced on top and bottom with a defined waist. If this sounds like you, you share body types with Halle Berry and Scarlet Johannson. The main goal of dressing a curvy body type is to accentuate the waistline. (because it’s a horrible things to waste;) One easy way to do this is with a belt at your natural waistline. Choosing a belt in a contrasting color will draw even more attention to your tiny midsection. Pencil skirts are another easy way to highlight your curvy while streamlining your lower half. Always make sure you tuck in your shirt to give you the most flattering silhouette. Lastly, a jersey wrap dresses accentuates your waist while gliding over you curves. Va-Va-Voom!

 Larger on Bottom

 I don’t like referring to women’s bodies as fruit, so instead of Pear shape I prefer larger on bottom or even better, tiny upper body. If you have this shape, you share it with stars like Jennifer Love-Hewitt and Jennifer Lopez. Balancing the larger lower half with a smaller upper half is this body types challenge. One way to do that is with A-line skirts. By raising the eye-line and flaring out at your tiniest point, you upper half will be the focus and your lower half will be camouflaged by the skirt shape. You can also accomplish this by wearing color and pattern on top and dark slimming colors on bottom. Lastly, wearing large statement necklaces will draw attention up to your face and away from a curvy bottom half. 

Larger on Top 

Bubble necklace with gray tee and blazer-------Ive worn a similar outfit.  I bought a bubble necklace off of ebay after seeing it first on Pinterest.  I wonder how long I can rock it before it is old news? ;)

This body type is sometimes referred to as an inverted triangle, with broad shoulders and tiny hips. Jessica Beil and Eva Longoria both share this body type. The key to this body type is balance your shoulder while showing off your tiny hips and legs. I love putting this body type in skinny jeans and flow-y dolman sleeve tops. It will show off your long slender bottom half while giving you enough room in the shoulders. Another easy way is to wear long slender necklaces to draw the eye down towards your lower half. Lastly, a great fitting blazer will help to contain a larger upper half and help create an hourglass figure. 

Athletic/Straight

frilly blouse.But then again these patch pockets on the front look pretty cool.

This body type is sometime called boyish with little curve from the shoulder to the hip. Gwenyth Paltrow and Natalie Portman  both have this body type. The challenge to dressing this body type is creating curves. Many times this body type will dress in over-sized clothing but the key is to put lots of attention on the curves that are there. So wearing bandage skirts and fitted skirts will play up a curve on bottom. If you have this body type, you can get away with wearing more volume like frills and pleats, but make sure it fits close to the body. Athletic body types can also wear back pockets and chest pocket to add a little curve. 

 

 

 

 

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